The permanent art collection of the Iowa City Public Library contains over 40 pieces of original art work, in a wide range of media, displayed throughout the building. Many of these works were given to the Library by community groups, local artists, and Library patrons. A few pieces were originally acquired as part of the Library's Art Purchase Prize competition. Several pieces were either commissioned by The Library Board or created to commemorate the grand re-opening of the Library in June 2004. A large number of the artists represented are Iowans who have lived and worked in the Iowa City area and have received significant recognition for their work.
Locations of Permanent Art can be found using the digital signs located immediately insiden the main entrance to the Library and on the second floor at the top of the stairs. Additional information is available at the Help Desk.